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at LSU 41, Kentucky 3
And You Care Because … LSU never let this get interesting as Leonard Fournette ran for a one-yard score and Tre’Davious White returned a punt 67 yards for a score on the way to a 17-0 lead. Terrence Magee ran for two third quarter touchdowns and Travin Dural caught a 32-yard touchdown pass in the rout. Kentucky only managed a 33-yard Austin MacGinnis field goal and 217 yards of total offense.
What Else? LSU RB Terrence Magee ran nine times for 127 yards and two touchdowns, and led the team with 44 receiving yards on three carries
- Kentucky ran 27 times for 71 yards – LSU ran 51 times for 303 yards and three touchdowns
- Penalties: LSU 10 for 80 yards – Kentucky 5 for 55 yards
- LSU QB Anthony Jennings completed 7-of-14 passes for 120 yards and a score
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at Ohio 23, Akron 20
And You Care Because … A forced fumble led the way to a Joseph Yazdani 22-yard field goal with just under two minutes to play for the lead, and the D held on to give Ohio the win. In a back-and-forth game with neither team leading by more than a score, Yazdani hit three field goals and J.D. Sprague threw two touchdown passes, but Akron kept up with Tommy Woodson throwing two touchdown passes and Robert Stein hitting two field goals, including a 38-yarder to tie it in the fourth.
What Else? Penalties: Ohio 11 for 120 yards – Akron 10 for 83 yards
- Ohio QB J.D. Sprague completed 17-of-37 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns with an interception, and ran six times for 68 yards
- Akron QB Tommy Woodson completed 23-of-45 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions, and ran for a team-leading 44 yards on 12 carries
- Akron WR Zach D’Orazio caught nine passes for 117 yards and a score, and he misfired on a pass
10. UCLA 36, at California 34
And You Care Because … Ka’imi Fairbairn nailed a 26-yard field goal to give UCLA the lead late, and Cal couldn’t answer in the final minutes in a weird and wild game. Brett Hundley threw two touchdown passes, but it was his 15-yard dash that gave the Bruins the lead late in the third. Cal’s Jared Goff threw two touchdown passes including a 23-yarder to Kenny Lawler in the fourth, but the two-point conversion attempt failed, keeping it a one-point lead and opening the door for the UCLA win. Paul Perkins caught a 16-yard touchdown pass to start things out for the Bruins, and he later took a Hundley pass 49 yards for a touchdown with 13 seconds in the first half.
What Else? UCLA QB Brett Hundley completed 31-of-42 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns with an interception, and he ran 17 times for a team-leading 94 yards and a score
- California QB Jared Goff completed 25-of-41 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns with one interception, and RB Daniel Lasco ran 19 times for 44 yards and two touchdowns
- UCLA RB Paul Perkins ran 15 times for 86 yards and caught four passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns
- Total yards: UCLA 567 – California 366
9. San Jose State 27, at Wyoming 20 OT
And You Care Because … San Jose State forced overtime on a 50-yard Austin Lopez field goal, and then came up with a four-yard Tyler Winston touchdown catch in the extra frame. Wyoming was stuffed, and the Spartans came away with the win. The Cowboys tied the game in the fourth on a 48-yard Shaun Wick run, and took the lead on a 19-yard Stuart Williams field goal before Lopez came up with his kick. Wyoming’s offense only came up with one touchdown, with Blair Burns returning a fumble for a 63-yard touchdown for the defense in the third quarter, but Joe Gray threw two touchdown passes and ran for another for the Spartans.
What Else? Total yards: San Jose State 471 – Wyoming 277
- San Jose State QB Joe Gray completed 33-of-45 passes for 322 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran for a touchdown
- Wyoming RB Shaun Wick ran 16 times for 97 yards and a touchdown, and caught four passes for 27 yards
- San Jose State RB Tyler Ervin ran 22 times for 96 yards, and ran six times for 59 yards
8. Ball State 32, at Central Michigan 29
And You Care Because … Scott Secor nailed a 55-yard field goal with 17 seconds to play as Ball State shocked the Chippewas. Titus Davis caught a 27-yard touchdown pass early in the third for CMU, and helped tie the game up on an eight-yard catch followed up by a two-point conversion from Cooper Rush. Ball State managed to go 29 yards in the final minutes leading to the Secor bomb, his fourth field goal of the game. Jahwan Edwards ran for two scores for the Cardinals.
What Else? Turnovers: Central Michigan 5 – Ball State 1
- Ball State RB Jahwan Edwards ran 32 times for 98 yards and two scores
- Central Michigan RB Thomas Rawls ran 32 times for 167 yards and a score
- Central Michigan WR Titus Davis caught ten passes for 128 yards and two scores
7. at Florida Atlantic 45, WKU 38
And You Care Because … FAU roared back in the fourth quarter with 17 unanswered points on a Greg Joseph field goal and a four-yard Greg Howell run to tie it, and less than a minute later, after a WKU three-and-out, Jaquez Johnson found Lucky Whitehead for a 61-yard touchdown to take the lead for good. The FAU recovered a fumble on WKU’s final shot, and the comeback was complete. WKU was rolling early, with Brandon Doughty throwing three touchdown passes and Leon Allen running for two scores, but FAU stayed alive with two Johnson touchdown passes – including a 20-yarder to Whitehead – and a one-yard run before the wild fourth quarter rally.
What Else? Total yards: Florida Atlantic 619 – WKU 402
- FAU QB Jaquez Johnson completed 23-of-34 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns, and ran 17 times for 95 yards and two scores
- FAU WR Lucky Whitehead caught eight passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns
- WKU QB Brandon Doughty completed 28-of-44 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns with an interception
6. Utah 29, at Oregon State 23 2OT
And You Care Because … In the second overtime, Utah came up with the win as Devontae Booker ran for a 19-yard score after Oregon State’s Trevor Romaine missed a field goal attempt. Romine sent it into overtime with a 49-yard field goal as time ran out, and the two teams traded touchdowns with Booker running for a 15-yard score and the Beavers answering with a brilliant two-yard scoring catch from Jordan Villamin on fourth down. A defensive slugfest for most of the game, Utah held a 9-3 lead going into the fourth quarter, but the Beavers connected on a 72-yard touchdown pass to Villamin to go ahead. Booker got the Utes back in front with a 53-yard run setting up a fourth down touchdown run from one-yard out with under four minutes to play, but OSU answered with Romaine’s field goal.
What Else? Utah RB Devontae Booker ran 32 times for 229 yards and three touchdowns
- Oregon State WR Jordan Villamin caught three passes for 83 yards and two scores
- Oregon State PK Trevor Romaine hit field goals from 37, 45 and 49 yards out, but missed for the first time all season long from 37 yards away. Utah’s Andy Phillips was 3-for-3 scoring from 38, 43 and 46 yards out.
- Utah DE Nate Orchard made five tackles with two sacks and four tackles for loss. LB Gionni Paul led all tacklers with 14 stops with an pick
5. at Texas 48, Iowa State 45
And You Care Because … A crazy ride was ended with a wild final two minutes. Texas PK Nick Rose hit a 21-yard field goal with three seconds to play, but 25 seconds earlier, Iowa State tied the game on an 11-yard E.J. Bibbs run. Tyrone Swoopes threw two long passes to go 68 yards in 25 seconds for the Longhorn win, but that was needed because the defense couldn’t hold the Cyclones after Malcolm Brown ran for a four-yard score with just over a minute to play. Brown scored twice, while Iowa State got two Sam Richardson touchdown passes including an eight-yarder to Allen Lazard, along with a 51-yard fumble return for a touchdown from Jevon Miller. The Cyclones went on a 21-point run in the first half, but the Longhorns took the lead back with a Swoopes touchdown run and a 74-yard pick six from Dylan Haines. The two teams traded punches the rest of the way, with both of Brown’s touchdowns coming in the fourth.
What Else? Texas QB Tyrone Swoopes completed 24-of- 36 passes for 321 yards and a touchdown with an interception, and he ran 14 times for a team-leading 95 yards and a score
- Iowa State QB Sam Richardson completed 36-of-55 passes for 355 yards and three touchdowns with two picks
- Texas WR John Harris caught nine passes for 147 yards
- Total yards: Iowa State 534 - Texas 512
4. Kansas State 31, at Oklahoma 30
And You Care Because … Kansas State got two touchdown passes and a four-yard scoring run from Jake Waters, and the defense bent but held on as Trevor Knight threw three touchdown passes including two in the second half and a 47-yarder to Sterling Shepard in the second. Waters answered a Samaje Perine two-yard touchdown run with a 62-yard touchdown pass to Glenn Gronkowski to tie it in the first, and then the KSU defense got into the action with Denzel McDaniel returning an interception for a score. The two teams traded scores the whole way with neither one up by more than one score, but after Knight found Durron Neal for a nine-yard score early in the fourth, the extra point was blocked and the score stayed 31-30 the rest of the way.
What Else? Kansas State QB Jake Waters completed 15-of-23 passes for 225 yards and two scores, and ran ten times for 51 yards and a touchdown
- Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight completed 26-of-32 passes for 318 yards and three touchdowns with a pick, and ran six times for 17 yards
- Kansas State LB Jonathan Truman made 17 tackles with a tackle for loss
- Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard caught 15 passes for 197 yards and a score, and Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett caught six passes for 86 yards and a score
3. at Minnesota 39, Purdue 38
And You Care Because … In a back-and-forth game full of wild big plays, Minnesota came up with a great second half with several long plays leading the way to a six-yard Mitch Leidner touchdown run, a 37-yard K.J. Maye scoring catch, and two Ryan Santoso field goals including a 52-yarder to put the Gophers up for good by one in the final five minutes. The D came up with a stop on Cedric Thompson’s second interception, and the offense ran out the clock. Purdue got three touchdown passes and a one-yard scoring run from Austin Appleby, but it was the running game that controlled the game for a while with Raheem Mostert taking off for a 42-yard touchdown as part of a huge day on the ground. Minnesota started off the scoring with a two-yard David Cobb touchdown run and stayed in the game with a three-yard Donnell Kirkwood run, but Purdue owns the second quarter with 17 straight points. Minnesota had the answer in the second half.
What Else? Rushing yards: Purdue 298 – Minnesota 285
- Purdue QB Austin Appleby completed 16-of-26 passes for 153 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions, and ran ten times for 79 yards and a score
- Minnesota RB David Cobb ran 35 times for 194 yards and a touchdown
- Minnesota QB Mitch Leidner completed 9-of-18 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns, and ran 13 times for 84 yards and a score
2. at North Carolina 48, Georgia Tech 43
And You Care Because … T.J. Logan ran for a two-yard touchdown with 11 seconds to play to overcome a late Georgia Tech charge to pull off the wild win. Marquise Williams threw four touchdown passes and ran for a 13-yard touchdown, but Georgia Tech’s offense cranked it up in the fourth quarter with DeAndre Smelter taking a pass 46 yards for a touchdown and running 75 yards for a score to go along with a 14-yard Zach Laskey touchdown run for a 43-42 lead, but the defense couldn’t hold on as Williams drove the Tar Heels 75 yards in 12 plays for the win.
What Else? Total yards: Georgia Tech 611 – North Carolina 579
- North Carolina QB Marquise Williams completed 38-of-47 passes for 390 yards and four touchdowns with an interception, and ran 16 times for 73 yards and a touchdown
- Georgia Tech QB Justin Thomas completed 8-of-18 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns, and ran 15 times for 36 yards
- North Carolina WR Ryan Switzer caught nine passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns
1. at Florida State 31, Notre Dame 27
And You Care Because … In a classic, Florida State hung on for dear life as Notre Dame’s last gasp throw into the end zone was intercepted, but not before Everett Golson converted a 4th-and-18 on the final drive and later appeared to have won the game on a short touchdown pass that got called back on a controversial penalty. The Irish led until late, getting two Golson touchdown passes to Corey Robinson, but Florida State always had an answer and never got more than one score down. Jameis Winston threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Travis Rudolph in the first quarter, but he didn’t heat up until the second half, finding Rashad Green on a ten-yard scoring pass in the third, and marching the Seminoles 75 yards in ten plays, finishing up with Karlos Williams’ second short scoring run for what would turn out to be the game-winner. Notre Dame had two final chances, stalling on the first one and pinning FSU deep, and just missing on the second as an apparent Golson touchdown pass to Robinson was called back for pass interference as two Irish receivers picked off their men so Robinson could get open. With one final chance on 4th-and-goal with 13 seconds left, Golson was intercepted by Jacob Pugh in the end zone.
What Else? Florida State QB Jameis Winston completed 23-of-31 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns with an interception
- Notre Dame QB Everett Golson completed 31-of-52 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns and two interceptions, and ran 11 times for 33 yards
- Notre Dame WR Corey Robinson caught eight passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns
- Total yards: Notre Dame 470 – Florida State 323
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